My chickens lay eggs in the AFTERNOON!!! what's wrong?????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mystery Peepers, May 21, 2009.

  1. Mystery Peepers

    Mystery Peepers Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 16, 2009
    My NHR and BA lay their eggs in mid-afternoon. What's wrong with them? I've read and heard that they're SUPPOSED to lay an hour before sunrise. Are they sick or something? [​IMG]

    -Mystery Peepers
  2. FrenchHen

    FrenchHen Chicken Ambassador

    Jan 26, 2009
    Bagshot Row
    Nope, they're just not morning chickens. Nothing wrong there.
  3. shay20

    shay20 Shay's Flock of Fun

    Jul 31, 2008
    in the wild, Mass
    LOL, Ther is nothing wrong with them, sometimes mine will lay in the late afternoon to around 6 in the evening.
  4. vnploveschickens

    vnploveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Your hens are just fine.
    Their egg-laying cycle runs about 24-26 hours. My hens lay at different times, sometimes before 9am, sometimes around noon, sometimes a bit later, then will skip a day every few weeks.
    Take a deep breath, relax...its ok!

  5. Chicky Tocks

    Chicky Tocks [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2666.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Ru

    Oct 20, 2008
    Benton, Arkansas
    Yeah mine have been moving into the late afternoon as well. I think it has to do with the fact that they all want to lay in the same nest box and so they've regulated themselves so they can take their own time slot. Drives me nuts because I have six places for them to lay and they all want to lay in the same darn nest!
  6. realmofthewoodsranch

    realmofthewoodsranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2009
    Palintowne, Alaska
    Yep. mine do it too. Perfectly normal! I think it might be because it's still a little cold up here, even though we're only getting about 6 hours of darkness at night.
  7. GaDawg

    GaDawg Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2008
    North GA
    Mine lay morning, noon, and late afternoon.

  8. risurocket

    risurocket Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2008
    I have early shifters and late shifters as well. Totally normal. They can lay any time of day, and amount of feed, lack or lots of water, and weather can shift their schedules.
  9. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

    Dec 16, 2008
    mine lay up until 4:00 nothing wrong with them [​IMG]
  10. kristenm1975

    kristenm1975 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    I have 7 hens and they all lay eggs at varying times of the day, up until about 4 or 5 in the afternoon. No worries!

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